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Temporary Suspension of Claims Collections Guidance

FNS will allow state agencies to suspend SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.18(d) by allowing flexibility in the time frame for establishing or disposing of new claims as well as SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.18(e)(1) and (e)(5) by not requiring collection of active recoupment of SNAP overpayments, delaying collection on newly established overpayments, and not considering any payments delayed due to this suspension to be delinquent.

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SNAP COVID-19 Emergency Allotments Guidance

USDA has issued guidance to states in implementing Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, which provides for the issuance of emergency allotments (supplements) based on a public health emergency declaration by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act related to an outbreak of COVID-19 when a state has also issued an emergency or disaster declaration.

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Waive Fair Hearing Timelines Guidance

As authorized by SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 272.3(c)(1)(i), FNS will allow state agencies flexibility in the time frames for fair hearings in SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.15(c) and (j)(2).

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response # 19
Nationwide Waiver of Food Service Management Contract Duration in the NLSP and SFSP

FNS waives  food service management company contracts duration requirements for all state agencies, school food authorities, and Summer Food Service Program sponsors. Contracts that may expire by or around June 30, 2020 may be extended through school year 2020-2021.

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #24
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility - Extension 2

FNS is extending a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). This extension of Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs, issued March 25, 2020, applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program (the child nutrition programs). This waiver remains in effect until June 30, 2020.

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #23
CN COVID-19 Meal Times Nationwide Waiver Extension

Due to the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, USDA established a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program (the child nutrition programs). This waiver remains in effect through August 31, 2020.

Resource | Policy Memos | COVID-19 Child Nutrition Response #22
Nationwide Non-Congregate Feeding Waiver- Extension

In response to the COVID–19 Child Nutrition Response Act, and based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, USDA established a nationwide waiver of congregate feeding requirements to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program (the child nutrition programs). This waiver remains in effect until August 31, 2020.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP17-2020
Fiscal Year 2020 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities

This memorandum and attachments provide guidance on the specific terms and conditions, funding goals, period of performance, and timelines for grants to distribute $30 million provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 to state agencies to competitively award Equipment Assistance Grants to eligible School Food Authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program.

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FD-148: The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

This memorandum includes questions and answers on flexibilities available to Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and state agencies (SAs) on the operations of FDPIR. These flexibilities may assist ITOs and SAs that administer FDPIR in continuing to provide food to people in need during the novel COVID-19 public health emergency.

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SNAP - Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents Percentage Exemption Totals for Fiscal Year 2020

This memorandum adjusts the total number of exemptions available to each state for FY 2020, as shown in the table on the next page. Please note that the totals do not account for any exemption usage in FY 2020 (those figures must be reported in final by states on the Form FNS-583, due 45-days after the end of the fiscal year).